|Becoming a Preceptor|
Being A Preceptor
Clinical preceptors play a key role in the education of PA students and are always in demand. These clinical preceptors allow PA students into their practice’s and spend time educating them on the proper way to diagnose and treat patients in their specific area of expertise. Preceptors can include licensed PAs, physicians, NPs or midwives.
Preceptors are role models and teachers that help students to improve their skills in history taking, patient examinations, diagnostic assessments, treatment, performing key clinical procedures, demonstrate collaborative approach to health care delivery, preventative medicine and patient education.
Being a preceptor can be very rewarding. The main reward derived from precepting is knowing that you are shaping future PAs to be competent health care providers. Students give back to the preceptors in the form of up-to-date medical knowledge to their clinical training site, which can enhance the preceptors’ educational base. PA students bring an energy and enthusiasm to a clinical site that could lead to possible employment.
There are perks to being a preceptor to PA students:
-A great way to give back to and promote your profession
-PA programs could give you access to medical libraries or award preceptors adjunct faculty status
-As a preceptor, you can earn Cat I CME credit for precepting, if the PA program is a CME provider through AAPA, or you can obtain Cat II CME credit on an hourly basis and this does not require documentation
If you are interested in becoming a preceptor, please contact one of the program directors at Michigan's PA programs.
For more information on precepting and obtaining CME for precepting, please visit www.aapa.org.